ICYMI: Allred Urges House Leadership to Follow Fiscally Responsible Policies

September 5, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32), along with several other freshman lawmakers, urged House leadership to follow fiscally responsible policies as they consider legislation. 

“As a new father, I’m dedicated to making sure we’re governing with fiscal responsibility so that future generations can tackle big problems instead of cleaning up after us,” said Allred. “I thank my colleague, Congresswoman Davids for leading this effort. We came to Washington to work together and get things done, and it’s my hope that as we seek to pass legislation that will help North Texans, we do so in a responsible and sustainable way.”

Read the full letter, led by Congresswoman Sharice Davids (KS-03) here: PDF icon08.29.2019 PAYGO Committee Chair Letter Final PDF - Signed.pdf and read Roll Call’s story on the effort below.  



Freshman Democrats to chairs: Follow PAYGO, get CBO scores before markups

Ten moderate Democratic freshmen are sending a letter Wednesday to House committee chairs asking that their panels better adhere to the chamber’s rule for offsetting legislation that would add to the deficit. 

Back in the majority for the first time in eight years, Democrats kicked off the 116th Congress by reinstating a pay-as-you-go, or PAYGO, provision in House rules. Under the provision, legislation that would increase the deficit must be offset by spending cuts or revenue increases.

(When Republicans took the majority from Democrats in 2011, they replaced PAYGO with cut-as-you-go, or CUTGO, which required deficit-increasing legislation be offset with only spending cuts, preventing the use of revenue increases as pay-fors.)

Since House Democrats adopted PAYGO as part of their rules package in January, the majority has waived it several times to pass legislation that was not fully offset. 

“Unfortunately, for much of the first eight months of the 116th Congress, we feel that PAYGO principles have not been followed throughout the legislative process, particularly as legislation is being considered at the committee level,” the 10 freshmen wrote to committee chairs in a letter first shared with Roll Call.

Led by Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids, the letter notes that committees have frequently marked up bills before the Congressional Budget Office has had time to score them, leaving panel members having to cast votes on the measures without knowing the cost.

“We urge you to work with us to ensure that each committee’s legislation is funded with responsible pay-fors that are considered early in the legislative process,” the freshmen wrote. “We also ask that legislation is not advanced out of committees until it has received a CBO score.”

Besides Davids, other signatories to the letter included Reps. Colin Allred of Texas, Cindy Axne of Iowa, Ed Case of Hawaii, Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Kendra Horn of Oklahoma, Ben McAdams of Utah, Dean Phillips of Minnesota, Abigail Spanberger of Virginia and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey.

Read the entire story here: https://www.rollcall.com/news/freshman-democrats-chairs-follow-paygo-get-cbo-scores-markups